News and Notes

This week:  School Council (Tuesday), Gr. 1 Concert (Wednesday), METCO Staff Appreciation Breakfast (Thursday), Principal Forum (Thursday)

Family Fun Night was a great success again this year thanks to the amazing organizers Vanessa Trien and Alison Kulkarni.
On behalf of the Family Fun Night Team, we would like to thank ALL the parents and 6th, 7th and 8th graders who volunteered their time and talents to make Lawrence’s Family Fun Night a huge success!  The event really can not run without a volunteer team effort, so we are deeply grateful for everyone’s contributions!  Thank you to Florrie Ives for organizing all of the craft, tattoo, face painting and crazy hair activities;  Maureen Fallon for coordinating a fantastic and fun big gym Carnival; Nagmeh Ansari for helping to promote, set up and run the event; Tina Manuel for sharing all her expertise from past years coordinating the event and coming to lend an invaluable hand this year; Sydney Fuller-Jones and Makeeba McCreary for taking charge of the food court, all the while with a smile; Alice Tseng and Maggie Sawada for selling Lawrence Logo wear and merchandise;  Owen Edwards and all of the 8th grade parent bakers for organizing a wildly successful bake sale and coffeehouse to support the 8th grade class trip to New York; Harold Price and Nora Renthal for running the photo booth room; the Korean, Latino, Japanese, Taiwanese and Ethiopian Cultural Groups for putting on a most wonderful and engaging International Expo, full of hands-on activities, dance lessons, games and food samplings; Dominique Ferdinand for being there from set up to clean up; Nicola Griffin who helped to gather great raffle items; to all our raffle donors, including Lawrence families, Henry Bear’s Park, Magic Beans, Finagle a Bagel, and various other local business owners; Laura Horst, Rick Rogers and the office, janitorial and kitchen staff for all their support; and JP LicksT. Anthony’s Pizza, Raising Caine’s and Wegman’s for their food donations. Plus, we were thrilled to have Eric Paul of Cohen Productions create a fabulous DJ dance party in the big gym!  If we have forgotten anybody on this list, please know how grateful we are for everyone’s help!  THANK YOU!

The Staff Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by METCO, is this Thursday March 10th at 7:00 a.m. Please help them show the Lawrence School staff how much you appreciate the work they do for our kids, by bringing in a delicious breakfast treat or helping to set up that morning. Contact Sydney Fuller Jones for more information.

Math Presentation
Lawrence Math specialists Katy McGraw and Laura Koplow have shared their presentation on Math in the Information Age, from last week’s PTO Meeting. Click here to download the Microsoft Power Point Presentation file.

Lawrence Special Activities Spring Session
Registration for classes will begin next weekend – Saturday, March 12 at 8 AM and will end on March 25 at 6PM.
Please follow the following link to see the catalog of classes for Spring 2016.
Please note: This session we will have a week-long ’sneak peek’ period, before registration actually opens. This is so you can browse the listings, consult with your child and co-ordinate with their friends, before registration begins.
Questions or comments? Send them to

Superintendent Search Update
After a robust discussion and review of feedback from teachers, staff, parents, and community members on all three finalist candidates, the School Committee voted in support of Andrew Bott as the preferred candidate to become the next Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline.
Keep up-to-date on the happenings in the school district on their web page at:

Donate to the Lawrence School Library
Here’s a new easy way to donate to the Lawrence School Library:
If you would like to donate a book to the library in a teacher’s name or in honor of your child’s birthday, this is your opportunity! Just add a “message to the library” on the online form and Ms. Moriarty will purchase a book for that occasion and will create a bookplate with the name of the person you’d like to recognize.

Lost and Found! After the high amount of traffic by the small gym on Friday night, there is no doubt a larger amount of new items left near the Lost and Found. Please checkout what else you may be missing.



The PTO play, The Mascot Awakens
Ready to watch your child’s teachers and fellow parents sing, dance, and put on a good show?  It’s time.  The PTO play, The Mascot Awakens, will be presented at Lawrence Auditorium on March 16th, 17th, and 18th (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).  Curtain rises at 7 pm; box office opens at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults.  Come find out about the Lawrence mascot.  Be ready to laugh and cheer.

If you want to be involved in this fun event, we need volunteers to help on the nights of the show with selling tickets, applying make-up to actors, and back-stage prompting. Let Nancy Gerber ( know if you’re interested in any of these activities.

Brookline Talks Presents Sarah Ward
on Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Heath School Auditorium.
Sarah WardExecutive Function 101: Strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills
Sarah Ward is an expert on the topic of executive functioning and frequently speaks to educators and parent organizations. She works directly with children in her private practice and has worked with over 350 schools globally on how to implement effective executive function strategies in the classroom and home. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on NPR, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including Mass General Hospital’s Clinical Excellence Award.
To reserve your FREE tickets, go to

Join the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group for Salsa Night @ The Havana Club, Cambridge on April 2, 2016
9-10pm Salsa Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate lessons) and 10-2am Salsa/Bachata Dance Party 21+. $12 (Admission includes lesson and party).
No partner required Beginners very welcome for more information visit us on facebook, our website
or email us at

Join us for The Breakfast (Book) Club, a new event at Lawrence School on Friday, May 13th. The event, which will be held from 8:00-9:00 am in the library, offers parents and teachers a chance to come together and talk about raising children in today’s world and to enjoy a breakfast catered by the PTO.
Questions? Stop by the literacy room, 214, call us at 617-879-4333, or email Dianne Muendel: Click here for more information.

BOOK FAIR MAY 24 – 26:  The Lawrence Used Book Fair is quickly approaching!  All proceeds will benefit our school.  So, it is time to clean out your closets/basements/homes and donate all your books to the Lawrence School!!  We are officially collecting books from now until May and need LOTS to have a fantastic book fair.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby of the school.  If you have questions and/or would like to help out with the book fair, please contact Karen Stern at or Dana Greene at


Devotion Science Fair 2016 Calling all scientists!  The Devotion Science Fair and Science Expo will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at the Devotion School.  The Science Fair is a fun and exciting day full of amazing student science projects and an Expo with great hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games.  We invite all kids to explore an idea, question, or experiment YOU are EXCITED about!  There will be lots more information coming soon (mid-January) about what a science fair project is, how to think up and test you idea, and how to present your results.
This event is open to all students throughout Brookline, grades K-8.  The registration website will open soon.  You’ll be getting more info in January.  GO SCIENCE!

It’s Spelling Bee Time!
Support your fellow 5th grade students as they spell their way victory at the annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee, hosted by the Brookline Education Foundation. This good old-fashioned spelling bee will be on Sunday, March 13 at 1:00pm in the BHS auditorium.

Executive Function 101: Strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.  An evening with Sarah Ward, Co-Director at Cognitive Connections. Tuesday, March 29th  7:00-8:30 pm in the Heath School Auditorium. Third in a series from Brookline Talks, a new speaker series for parents. Sponsored by Brookline K-8 PTOs, the Brookline Education Foundation & the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

Corner Co-Op Nursery School
Spring Fun Fair, March 19, 10am – 2pm, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline. Enjoy kids’ games/activities, face painting, silent auction, raffle, delicious food and a live puppet show by Cactus Head Puppets at 1:00. Ages 2-7+. $10/child or $25 for a family of 3 children or more.
The Corner Co-op is also having an Open House Thursday, March 31, both from  7 – 9 pm. We offer a unique opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create an extended family with others. We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a dialogue-centered process and regard play as an essential medium of learning.  Meet staff and parents.  Slideshow & discussion (7:30 – 8 pm) Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631, visit us online or check us out on Facebook.

Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge – Science Fair
Participate In This Unique Environmental Science Fair on Saturday April 2, 11:00am-2:00pm at the Pierce Cafeteria.
Examine an Environmental Issue and Present YOUR Solution! Think BIG! Be Creative, Practical or Outrageous!
Register as an individual, group (with friends), class or school. Registration is free and open until March 1, 2016.
For more information on the event send an email to

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach, based in MGH’s Department of Psychiatry, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, bedtime – and more serious challenges. It’s based on the understanding that many kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. This CPS approach helps parents to: 1) Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child; 2) Reduce their child’s challenging behavior; 3) Build their child’s self-regulation, communication and problem-solving skills; and 4) Solve problems collaboratively and proactively. For more information and to register for the March or April/May workshop in Brookline, please visit:

The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program (BTMP) connects Brookline High School students to middle school students for tutoring and mentorship. They are funded by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and operate with the generosity and support of the Brookline Teen Center.
The program is completely free and they welcome students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
The program runs on Sundays at the Brookline Teen Center from 12:30-2:00pm, but some pairs choose to organize alternative times to tutor. Join now.
You can learn more at

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